George Slusser (b.1939) died on November 4. Slusser was a co-founder and Curator Emeritus of The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. His own writing included Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin, and Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror among others. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association.
George R. R. Martin and Tom Doherty received the first Harris Collection Literary Awards on October 23 at Brown University in Providence, RI. The award was inspired by the love of the arts demonstrated by Caleb Fiske Harris, who graduated from Brown in 1838, and celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.
The MIT Technology Review has published a previously un-published essay written by Isaac Asimov from 1959 in which Asimov discusses creativity. The essay was originally published when Asimov was briefly working on an ARPA project, but left because he didn’t want to have access to confidential material.
The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 11 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma,” by Alex Shvartsman. The story was published in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show and edited by Edmund R. Schubert.
Harlan Ellison has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke which has caused some paralysis on his right side. He has been reported to be awake with his mind as sharp as ever.
Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster (b.1971) died on September 27 following a battle with cancer. Foster’s work was collected in Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice and she won the 2009 Nebula Award for “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast.” She had served as managing editor for Tangent Online and The Fix, both short story review sites, as well as editor of The Daily Dragon, the Dragoncon online newsletter.
Authro Greg Bear was hospitalized and underwent emergency cardiac surgery on September 23. Bear’s aorta was repaired and a mechanical aortic valve. According to his wife, Astrid, Bear is feeling better and beginning the recuperation process.
Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.
Author Graham Joyce (b.1954) died on September 9. Joyce won his first British Fantasy Award in 1993 for Dark Sister and went on to win several more, as well as World Fantasy Awards. His other works included The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, and The Year of the Ladybird. Joyce was diagnoses with lymphoma last year.
Ursula K. Le Guin will receive the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation at this year’s National Book Awards Ceremony on November 19. The Medal was first presented in 1988 and Le Guin will be the 27th recipient.